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Airline pilots are often exhausted. christinarosepix/Shutterstock.com

Pilots sleeping in the cockpit could improve airline safety

Pilots are often overtired, making them prone to errors. Some countries let them sleep on the job – under strict rules. Pilots love the idea, but consumers are wary, for now.
Many companies, such as Ben & Jerry’s, Zappos and Nike, allow employees to nap at work. (Shutterstock)

If you’re not sleeping at work, you should be fired

Progressive organizations recognize that fatigued employees can’t perform at their best. Naps at work can increase alertness and improve performance.
‘As a mom I couldn’t stand hearing my daughter cry herself to sleep, but as a physician I knew that sleep training was safe and that a well-rested baby would be a happy baby,’ says Stephanie Liu. (Stephanie Liu)

Why sleep training will not hurt your child

A doctor reviews the medical evidence on the controversial practise of sleep training infants.
Research shows that physical activity and avoiding screens before bed are both strategies to protect your teenagers’ sleep. (Unsplash/Andrea Tummons)

How much sleep do teenagers really need?

When teenagers sleep for less than eight hours a night, they are at increased risk of suicide, being overweight, high rates of injury, poor sustained attention and low school grades.
One recent study revealed no evidence that selenium supplements help prevent diabetes, even in geographical areas where there are relatively low amounts of selenium in the natural diet. (Shutterstock)

Why you should stop buying vitamins and get more sleep instead

Most vitamins and other nutritional supplements are unlikely to prevent chronic disease. Invest in good quality foods, sleep and exercise instead.
You know you’re not supposed to do this – but you do. Shutterstock

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: the science of sleep and the economics of sleeplessness

The science of sleep and the economics of sleeplessness. The Conversation, CC BY52.8 MB (download)
Only about one quarter Australians report getting eight or more hours of sleep. And in pre-industrial times, it was seen as normal to wake for a few hours in the middle of the night and chat or work.
Getting a good dose of nature can boost your mental health. Marion Michelle

Five lifestyle changes to enhance your mood and mental health

Beyond medication and psychological treatments, there are steps all of us can take to alleviate stress, improve our mood and take care of our mental health. Here are five to get you started.
Changing to daylight saving time can impact our mood, our risk of heart attack and how much exercise we get. Gregory Pappas

How the switchover to daylight saving time affects our health

Daylight saving time begins this weekend, which means many of us will get an hour less sleep. But the health effects go beyond sleep – and can last two weeks or more. Here's what the research says.

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